Llama Inn chef to open deli in Manhattan
Llama Inn, the quirky, acclaimed Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg, will expand its footprint with the opening of a sandwich shop from chef Erik Ramirez in Manhattan. Called Deli Llama, at 80 Carmine Street at Varick Street, the fast-casual shop will offer sanguche, or sandwiches, for takeout, delivery, and catering, as well as rotisserie chicken, tamales, empanadas, salads, and smoothies. Expect a late spring or early summer arrival.
Smelly East Village Cheese Shop gets emptied out
The smelly East Village Cheese Shop case continues. After neighbors were up in arms last week when the mysteriously shuttered shop started to stink of rotting cheese, co-owner Lobsang Tsultrim has been spotted inside with a Remove All My Junk truck parked out front the store at 80 East Seventh Street, between First and Second Avenues. Stay tuned for vital updates.
Tao’s first NYC breakfast venture arrives with 1,000 free egg sandwiches
Here comes early morning antics from clubstaurant group Tao, which opens its first NYC breakfast restaurant this week with Egghead in Times Square hotel Moxy (485 7th Avenue). Those freezing at the ball drop may be encouraged to know sustenance awaits: Officially throwing open its doors at midnight on New Year’s Eve, Egghead will hand out 1,000 free bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches to the fast-casual shop’s first customers.
Cuozzo gets in one last rant of 2017
Lovably grouchy Post critic Steve Cuozzo has managed to write one last rant about the New York City dining scene before the end of the year. This one is focused on Tock, that ticked reservation service that forces diners to prepay for their reservations at many of the country’s highest-end restaurants. The rant is spurred by the existence of a $50 tea tasting, causing him to lament: “What’s next — a prepaid ‘cheeseburger tasting’ at Shake Shack?”
Openings and coming attractions
As the new year approaches, several restaurants are readying for their arrival: The Neapolitan pizza craze continues with the addition of Neapolitan Express at 29 Second Avenue; the owners of Yopparai and Azasu are adding a third restaurant called Ronin Stones, also Japanese and at 69 Clinton Street; 103 Essex Street is now home to Ninja Grill, serving up chicken wings, tempura, hibachi, and more; roll-up pizza joint Pizza Rollio will open a third outpost on East Ninth Street between First and Avenue A; and finally, Malcriada at 185 Avenue C will transform into Bar Taco.
Real Housewives New Jersey restaurant gets bad health inspection
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